My Name Is Maria Isabel

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During this visit, she tries on makeup for the first time. But she's sad to have to return to her new neighborhood and school. As the school year progresses, her father a maintenance man for the building they live in rent-free stays busy with work. Her brother, Antonio, stays busy with band practice, and her mother finds a job to bring in more money. Meanwhile, Maria Isabel continues to struggle with school and her sense of cultural identity, and she continues to feel like she's becoming more disconnected with her roots in Puerto Rico.

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Maria Isabel's teacher becomes increasingly upset with Maria for not responding when called on in class. The teacher doesn't seem to understand that Maria has trouble answering to a name that isn't her own. One day, when Maria doesn't respond in class, the teacher punishes Maria by taking her out of the Winter Pageant, a special show celebrating the Christmas season.

My Name Is María Isabel

The months pass and the students practice their song for the pageant, but Maria feels left out and sad. But Maria Isabel finally finds a way to explain her problem to the teacher. For a written essay assignment, Maria Isabel writes about the importance of her name and how it's tied very closely to her identity. She persuades her teacher to call her by her real name, and the teacher, finally understanding the problem, makes room for Maria Isabel in the Winter Pageant.

She faces many challenges, like getting used to a new setting and making new friends, but she has one unusual problem: Her teacher calls her by a different name. Maria Isabel struggles with her sense of cultural identity and has trouble in school, but she writes an essay that helps both Maria Isabel and her teacher learn about the importance of heritage.

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What's in a Name?

Let's look at the challenges she faces and overcomes in this story. Who is Maria Isabel? What's in a Name? She is named for her grandparents: Maria is the name of her father's mother. Isabel is the name of her mother's mother. Salazar is the last name of her father's father.

Lopez is the last name of her mother's father. Dealing with the Move Since the move, Maria Isabel hasn't been very happy, but she gets a little enjoyment when the family returns to visit their old neighbors on Thanksgiving. Try it risk-free No obligation, cancel anytime. Want to learn more? Select a subject to preview related courses: Maria Isabel Finds a Solution Maria Isabel's teacher becomes increasingly upset with Maria for not responding when called on in class. Register to view this lesson Are you a student or a teacher? I am a student I am a teacher. Your Cart items Cart total.

Buy from another retailer. Free eBook available to NEW subscribers only. Must redeem within 90 days. See full terms and conditions and this month's choices. More Books from this Author. By Alma Flor Ada. Nacer bailando Dancing Home. See more by Alma Flor Ada. Oct 05, Ckorbakis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Many students will be able to relate to this story about a little girl who is not called her name by the teacher. It shows the importance of personal identity and family and highlights being new, fitting in, and not feeling "smart" or looked at as not knowing.

My Name Is María Isabel by Alma Flor Ada

It's a good read during Hispanic Heritage Month or the holiday season since it touches on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Students can personally connect to the story because of the school settings and the interactions with siblings and parent Many students will be able to relate to this story about a little girl who is not called her name by the teacher. Students can personally connect to the story because of the school settings and the interactions with siblings and parents.

The level is around a 3rd grade level and it's available in Spanish. It can work nice as literature circles since the language is not complicated and the chapters are short. Jan 18, Courtney R added it. Creo que el libro tiene una gran moral. Sep 02, Ms. Arca rated it really liked it. Jan 24, Erin Ramai rated it liked it Shelves: I gave this book a 3 star rating. It is intended for children ages The story is narrated in third person. At the end of the book, Maria I gave this book a 3 star rating. And she ultimately decides that above all, she would like to be called by her true name and sing in the pageant.

The plot of this chapter book is very simplistic. This may be deliberate because it is intended for readers in second through fifth grade. My Name is Maria Isabel would be useful in teaching literary elements including plot, setting, theme, point of view, and characterization, especially as an introduction to these terms and concepts. This chapter book is about the importance of identity and this theme is established through the use of culturally accurate versus inaccurate names.

However, if you changed the name Maria Isabel to a name from any other culture, I feel that the book would retain most of its meaning. In my opinion, this book is mostly culturally generic. And yet, I guess that gives the book a bit of wide range appeal among various cultures. I gave this book 3 stars because, for me, it was too straightforward. Apr 16, ABC rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a short chapter book about a girl called Maria Isabel Salazar Lopez. The teacher insists on calling her Mary Lopez to make things easier, and Maria Isabel is too shy to correct her.

Plus, Maria Isabel is excluded from the Winter Pageant. It all works out in the end when Maria Isabel writes a paper saying what her true name is and that she'd like to participate in the pageant. It is a nice story, but if there is a flaw it is that it doesn't really explain why the teacher seems so dumb and This is a short chapter book about a girl called Maria Isabel Salazar Lopez. It is a nice story, but if there is a flaw it is that it doesn't really explain why the teacher seems so dumb and unfriendly downright abusive almost!

It could have gone more in depth there. I find it hard to believe a teacher can go a culturally insensitive idiot to Ms. Friendly Smile so fast. I wish the book would have resolved itself a little more slowly--I found myself wondering if Maria Isabel makes new friends or if she ever builds her snowman. The book discusses the plot of "Charlotte's Web" so it is good to have read that prior to reading this book. Also, it discusses winter holidays so it would have been nice to have read this in December.

But I do think it is an important issue and good to read about. Jan 20, Alexsandy Jimenez rated it really liked it. My Name is Maria Isabel walks the reader through an event that many might not think will affect a child. Transferring into a new school to find yourself with a student that already has your name. Defending yourself through a piece of writing might not seem as a strong way to do so but it is efficient. The young girl Maria Isabel goes to school in discomfort for not being caller her birth given name. This is a great book to introduce any classroom to because it speaks to every single one within th My Name is Maria Isabel walks the reader through an event that many might not think will affect a child.

This is a great book to introduce any classroom to because it speaks to every single one within the classroom. This is believed because we all possess culture, our name is part of our own sense of self. Our names carry meaning, memories, and many more things that help us know who we are. Maria Isabel makes it clear that she has her very own meaning to her name despite the fact that there are others with her name in the new classroom.

This book I can really connect to , though my name has no connection to my parents family it does come along with a funny story, which is part of me. Oct 09, Books Kids Like rated it it was amazing Shelves: By the time Maria's family moves into their new home, the school year has begun. Her first day does not go well. On the way to the bus stop, Maria trips, skins her knee, and dirties her favorite yellow dress.

Then, her teacher changes her name to Mary because there are already two Marias in the class. Maria tries hard to listen and do well, but she simply cannot remember her new name.

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Whenever the teacher calls on "Mary Lopez," Maria does not answer. Several times a day, the teacher scolds Maria By the time Maria's family moves into their new home, the school year has begun. Several times a day, the teacher scolds Maria for her inattention. She shares the origin of each name and expresses her greatest desire- to be called "Maria. Maria's courage to speak out inspires us all to stand up for ourselves. Jan 30, Chelsea rated it it was ok. The story line could have been way better and I know it's a cliche topic, but I became uninterested.

I thought this was going to be a great story for my class to read together as a book club project, but the story line disappointed me. It was bland and not the inspiring book I was looking for. I think my students would get bored before they finish the book. I'll continue to look for another book for my classroom. Feb 01, T. Denise rated it liked it Shelves: This book centered around a theme of cultural sensitivity or lack thereof - Maria joins a class that already has 2 other students named Maria, but the teacher shortens her name to Mary without asking her she would feel about it.

This creates an inner struggle with Maria who happens to love her name that is symbolic of her family. I thought that Ada did a nice job of displaying the downfall of lack of communication to multicultural students. Apr 16, Nicole Nunn rated it it was amazing. This is one of my favorite children's books because it discusses her struggle to adapt to changes, find her voice, and explore important issues of identity and understanding.

I would use this as a journal activity after reading the story. How did you overcome this feeling? Sep 25, MrsMitchell rated it liked it Shelves: I loved the main idea of this story, and I think most of you could really relate to it! Oct 07, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves: Maria is cute girl who goes to school and tells about her days at school. Oct 15, Linda DiGaetano rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a good book that was about Maria Isabel, a little girl, who started at a new school and was so upset that her teacher assigned her the name of Mary as there were 4 Maria's in the classroom.

Everytime the teacher would call the name Mary, Maria didn't answer because she wasn't use to that name. The teacher became very upset with Maria after several attempts to have her answer some questions during class. It was this name that made her miss opportunities such as the holiday play. Maria wa This was a good book that was about Maria Isabel, a little girl, who started at a new school and was so upset that her teacher assigned her the name of Mary as there were 4 Maria's in the classroom.